Nadal wins ugly U.S. Open match against Fognini
In that second set, Fabio committed a few errors, which Nadal admitted was fortunate for him.
Fognini broke to take the lead 3-2, then increased his lead to 4-2, after Nadal threw a backhand into the net. But after that, it was Fognini who struggled, missing four consecutive shots to lose at love as a result of a four-game streak by Nadal to tie the match at one set each.
You can’t play games with Nadal, Fognini stated. “I allowed him to rejoin the fight, and he improved further after that.”
Nadal made one very flawless shot in the third set, a forehand on the move that diverted Fognini’s overhead and sent it down the line for a winner to break for 4-2. With hundreds of spectators on their feet, Nadal was propelled right to the edge of the stands by his momentum before he punched the air and exclaimed, “Vamos!”
Soon after, Nadal also acquired that set, and he would win 16 of the final 19 games.
The third-round matchup with Richard Gasquet, who defeated No. 32 seed Miomir Kecmanovic with scores of 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, is up next for Rafael Nadal.